Posts Tagged ‘skincare’

Masking, a Bedtime Routine Worth Getting Accustomed

Facial Mask; Stock Photo: Pinterest

(Stock Photo: Pinterest)

Whether you have a special occasion coming up or you want your skin to look its best, getting in the habit of masking can be beneficial. Facial masks can benefit all skin types- just make sure you choose the correct product tailored to your needs.

Masks can offer a wide range of skin care benefits in one easy application. From moisturizing, cleansing, detoxifying, clarifying, or resurfacing. “Using a mask is one of the steps of a good skin regimen”, says Karen Asquith, Toronto-based national trainer for G.M. Collin, a Montreal-made line of skin care products that’s sold in spas. “A mask blankets the skin, helping the active ingredients penetrate,” Asquith says. Some are even best to use overnight.

Complex Beauty is high performance, clinically proven, multi-tasking skincare with mask formulas that are effective, natural, cruelty-free, and budget friendly.

Complex Beauty
(Complex Lip Mask, $22 | Complex Smooth Operator Mask, $35 | Complex Rose Glow Mask, $35)

Beat dry skin with a hydrating mask like Complex Beauty’s Smooth Operator mask. It’s loaded with antioxidants like Vitamin C, cranberry, blueberry, green tea, hibiscus, and more to operate together to heal your skin. Even in summer months hydrating masks like the Smooth Operator are the key to calm, soothed skin that’s become dry or dehydrated.

Complex Beauty Smooth Operator Mask
(Complex Smooth Operator Mask, $35)

Complex Beauty’s Rose Glow mask aids in resurfacing your face, revealing a smoother and brighter appearance with the help of Glycolic Acid and rosewater. Using regularly and long-term will minimize the look of fine lines an wrinkles.

Complex Beauty Rose Glow Mask
(Complex Rose Glow Mask, $35)

Have you incorporated masks into your daily skincare regimen? Comment below your favorite’s!



Most Wished-For Beauty Arsenal from Indeed Laboratories

Indeed Labs Review

(Indeed Nanoblur, $19.99 | Indeed Hydraluron Serum, $24.99 | Indeed Retinol Reface, $19.99)

Indeed Labs offers high quality affordable skin care products produced with innovation. Known for making refreshingly simple skincare products that feature a one star ingredient, and since their collections are super affordable there has been a lot of hype surrounding their products.

Photo: SparkleShinyLove
Photo: SparkleShinyLove

If you’re a fan of layering your beauty products, then Indeed Laboratories must go in your skin care arsenal. Their well-formulated light feeling gels absorb instantly, glide smoothly, and has very little in the way of potential ingredients. All of their products are free of parabens, fragrances, colorants, sulfates, and are not tested on animals.

A very affordable and impressive line. Learn more about Indeed Labs at: 

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One Beauty Kit That Will Make Your Life Way Easier

Good Life StressRx Prescription
(Good Life Stress Rx Prescription, $59)

In need of a simple and quick stress reliever? Look no further than Good Life’s prescriptions. Good Life is an e-commerce and digital lifestyle brand that’s out to make living well accessible to every woman. They created six beauty prescriptions (or kits) to make your life easier.

Good Life Stress Rx
(Good Life Stress Rx, $59)

Stress Rx is a prescription that has four beauty products designed to de-puff, relax, sooth, and rejuvenate your entire body.

Herbivore Calm Salts: A soothing  blend that will send your body into full relaxation mode and wash away stress. Aromas of Ylang Ylang and natural vanilla unwind while magical magnesium gently detoxifies the body.

Wildcare Hydrosol: This ethereal lavender mist will leave you feeling cool, calm and restored with peace. This powerful and potent mist even offers gentle anti-bacterial and anti-viral support, arming your immune system to power up when it’s weakened by stress.

Vitruvi Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Organic and sourced from France, this essential oil is known to stimulate mental activity and increase blood flow to the brain. If you are experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relieve stress and pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature.

Botnia’s Eye Cream: Lack of sleep and increased worry can cause fragile under-eye capillaries and unwanted dark circles to form. This cream’s hyaluronic acid and potent peptides replenish moisture and elasticity that can be depleted by stress.


Shop all the prescriptions here.


A New Fun Way to Cleanse Your Face

Bask & Co Cleansing Cubes

(Bask & Co Oily Skin Facial Cleansing Cubes, $26)

Brace yourselves because this is kind of a game changer in the skincare department, and we have the natural and sustainable skincare company Bask & Co to thank. We’re talking about cleansing cubes, an innovative and convenient facial cleanser that you crush in your palm, add some water then rinse. They come in two varieties: one for oily skin that contains activated charcoal which draws bacteria, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, and one for dry skin that contains anti-oxidant rich argan oil. We think it’s only a matter of time before other brands get on board and join in on the cleansing fun.

Bask & Co Cleansing Cubes 2
(Bask & Co Facial Cleansing Cubes for Oily Skin, $26)

Bask means to take it in, receive its warmth or revel in and make the most of something pleasing. Founded in 2011 by Teresa, Bask & Co takes their passion for quality handmade soap, skin care, and bath & body to a whole new level by producing products that are not only vegan friendly but safe for the environment. The oils they use are organic, cold pressed, or steam distilled. All of their products are created without synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, mineral oils or petroleum. 

Trending: K-Beauty COSRX


(COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule, $28 | COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, $22)

COSRX, which stands for cosmetics + RD (prescription), it’s a Korean based brand that creates its products directly from the needs and feedback of their very dedicated customers. It has gained cult status and it seems like nearly every skincare blogger has singing its high praises.

The packaging design of all the COSRX products is simple, minimal and similar. They all come in a white cardboard box with a black area where the product name is written in. The rest of the cardboard box contains detailed descriptions in English and Korean.

COSRX Propolis Light Ampoule claims to heal damaged skin while nourishing it with moisture and nutrients. Ideal for dry and rough skin types, this silky hydrator increases skin softness and suppleness, leaving skin radiant, plump, and dewy. It contains black bee propolis. So what exactly is propolis and why would you put it on your skin? Bees make propolis, which they use to glue the materials of their hives together, by mixing beeswax and other secretions with resins from the buds of conifer and poplar trees. Those resins have natural germicidal properties. In skincare, propolis’s antiviral and antimicrobial action provides wonderful benefits for acneic skin as well as those of us who deal with a lot of environmental pollution. It forms a barrier just like how bees use it, and is very nutritious with antioxidants and vitamins, hence it’s growing popularity in skin care.


You will spot glycerin and hyaluronic acid as moisturizing ingredients, too. Also, the Cassa Obtusifolia Seed Extract has skin conditioning properties, as well as panthenol. If you’re new to ampoules, the consistency will be thick when applied and dry down to slightly tacky. But it makes for a cost effective layer-able moisturizer!

This is COSRX most talked about product: COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid. Do you have visible pores? Then you probably know the constant struggle of trying to keep them clean so that they’ll look smaller and less noticeable, especially on the cheeks and in the T-zone. Primers and makeup can work wonders to hide them, but the goal is to have great skin.


Salix Alba, (Willow) Bark, Water, Butylene Glycol, Betaine Salicylate, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan, Gum Ethyl Hexanediol

What do they do?

1. Betain Salicylate is the BHA portion of this toner and comes in a concentration of 4% (which is equivalent to a 2% salicylic acid).

2. Niacinimide is a form of vitamin B3 that can do everything from reduce pores and fine lines while promoting smooth, even skin tone and texture. Miracle ingredient people!

3. Sodium hyaluronate has the ability to boost skin’s moisture content, reduce inflammation and reduce moisture loss to keep skin hydrated.

One thing I really appreciate about COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is the way it feels after application. BHAs can be quite drying, this hydrates and exfoliates yet dries down within minutes and feels just hydrating enough to prevent tightness or discomfort without leaving any discernible residue behind.


It isn’t greasy or slimy and is only slightly thicker than water.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone with acne, blackheads, enlarged or clogged pores, or those with dry skin that are looking for an effective yet gentle acid exfoliating toner. 

COSRX has several alcohol-free toners for different skin conditions, as well as cleansers, moisturizers and treatments.


An Effective All Natural Retinoid Alternative | Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst

(Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, $77)

Ask any dermatologist what the gold standard is for anti-aging treatment and prevention, and you’ll receive one resounding answer: retinol. As we age, our skin-cell turnover rates slow down, paving the way for wrinkles, pigmentation and dullness. Retinol (or its more potent prescription form, retinoid) is a vitamin A derivative that speeds up cell regeneration rates for a fresher, smoother surface.

However, like many wonder products, retinol can come at a high price—many users experience skin irritation, dryness, sensitivity to sunlight, blistering, and redness due to the harsh concentration of enzymes in most retinol creams. Some also notice that after several years of use, retinol stops being effective, leaving their skin duller and looking more wrinkled than before. Retinol creams have even been linked to abnormal fetal development, and are not recommended for use by pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Holistic skincare brand Kypris create products that are made with organic, wildcrafted, and sustainably procured ingredients. There’s something mystical about the brand’s supercharged skincare – these products are as natural as can be, yet there’s powerful science behind them. The Moonlight Catalyst Serum, for example, uses herbal ingredients to mimic the brightening effects of retinol, but with none of the redness or peeling. Fermented pumpkin enzymes encourage cellular renewal, while biometric EGF – a vegan, non-GM peptide of epidermal growth factor – works to plump fine lines as neroli calms the skin.

Kypris Moonlight Catalyst 2
(Kypris Moonlight Catalyst, $77)

The gel texture of Moonlight Catalyst slides onto the skin and dries to a perfect, moisturizing finish. Your skin never feels heavy, oily or tacky — just perfectly quenched and ready for rest.

After a good night’s sleep, you wake to find my skin looking the way KYPRIS Moonlight Catalyst promises: Refined and renewed. It’s the look of a beautifully resurfaced skin that has fewer visible pores and a smooth appearance.



Go Buy Now: Replace Your Hand Cream & Facial Oil With Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist Hand Cream

It’s pretty remarkable to reflect on how much the natural beauty market has transformed over the past five years—namely that five years ago, the market was a fraction of what it is today. You can walk into any Sephora, Target, or even Walgreens and find a green beauty product you’ll love. Now brands like Grown Alchemist are raising the bar with smart packaging, chic, and downright covetable products.

Grown Alchemist is founded by Keston and Jeremy Muijs and is based in North Melbourne, Australia. Grown Alchemist are the new generation of organic skin, body, and haircare formulations. Natural technologies and transformative botanical ingredients—including collagen- and elastin-boosting actives, advanced peptides, hyaluronic acid, and powerful antioxidants—make it not only preferable but also possible to achieve real beauty results without harmful chemicals. Grown Alchemist motto is: “Regenerating beauty with superior results,” and I couldn’t agree more. Le Petit Mondea’s favorite GA picks are the lightly-scented Persian Rose hand cream that immediately absorbs without feeling greasy, and the Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil that includes bio active nutrients to stimulate the natural process of renewal and regeneration- it reduces wrinkles naturally!

Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Serum
(Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Facial Oil, $44)

Grown Alchemist’s ultra-clean formulas don’t just look (and smell) great. By marrying quality-sourced, highly potent plant-based ingredients they made it their M.O. to prove that natural products actually work better than synthetic-laden formulas. The hand cream does what it claims to do, it deeply hydrates without being heavy or leaving my hands greasy so I can move on to the next thing. Plus the scent is amazing, it’s light, floral, and not at all overpowering. The Anti-Oxidant Facial Oil has an uplifting aroma, it also absorbs well without leaving my face shiny. I like using a product that’s natural/botanical that prevents wrinkles, in the long-term I know I’m doing something great for my skin. 

This Gentle Foaming Cleanser Will Become Your New Favorite

Terra Luna Beauty Nectar Instant Foaming Cleanser

(Terra Luna Beauty Nectar Foaming Cleanser, $34 *Sale)

Looking for a light, airy foam cleanser that uses a coconut based foaming agent instead of the most commonly used commercial sodium laureth sulfate.

The luxurious lather removes impurities and minimizes the appearance of pores and wrinkles, without stripping your skin of its necessary oils. This formula includes cucumber, licorice, and lychee, which effectively brighten, soothe, and revitalize your skin. Willow bark extract serves as a natural beta-hydroxy acid, unclogging pores, diminishing acne, and removing dead skin. This natural blend of vitamin rich botanical extracts and coconut based foaming agents will immediately leave your skin feeling soft, clean, and refreshed.

This soap-free, oil-free, fragrance-free cleanser is intended for all skin types and ideal for combination or sensitive skin.

Terra Luna Beauty Nectar Cleanser 2
(Terra Luna Nectar Cleanser, $34)


Terra Luna Beauty is such a great ethical and effective skincare brand. A portion of their net profits are donated directly to independent animal rescues! Their natural products are:

  • Organic 
  • Cruelty-Free (They are an entirely cruelty-free company, certified by the Leaping Bunny Program)
  • Fair-Trade
  • Handmade
  • Paraben-Free
  • Vegan

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The Shimmer Oil that’s Permanently Extending my Summer Glow

Luxcey Zoé Or - Huile Sublime

(Luxcey Zoé Or – Huile Sublime, $90)

You already moisturize when you get out of the shower, why not try a shimmer body oil? My vampire-esq pale skin needed a little help recently so I tried something new and I’m currently obsessed over Luxcey’s all natural Zoé Or – Huile Sublime. It’s a hydrating body oil that gives the illusion of glowing skin with a finely-milled mica shimmer that slightly illuminates all while nourishing deeply with repairing Macadamia Nut Oil and firming Rosehip oil. It’s pretty amazing, a multitasker for covering superficial imperfections and creating a lustrous glow, which can be used in hair or on cheekbones for added highlight.

The scent is something special, it’s enticing and very unique. It’s a blend of fruits, flowers and spice extracts plus essential oils and flower infused. And I love the fact that Zoé Or – Huile Sublime is free of parabens, phtalates, sulfates, fillers, gluten, animal testing, mineral oils, and petroleum. This is my new summer skin care ritual.

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Your New Skincare Must: Glycolic Acid

Beauty Rx Progressive Peel

(BeautyRx Progressive Peel, $69.95)

In “natural” #green skincare, there is plenty of talk about not putting chemicals on your skin. I don’t want to leave out the importance of using a great acid for exfoliation and anti-aging, and one of the best is glycolic acid. This acid is highly effective and can take you one step closer to perfect skin. It targets fine lines, brown spots, adult acne, enlarged pores, and can visually smooth the texture of the skin. Glycolic acid is more gentle because it has the smallest molecules which are able to penetrate your skin deeply and yield stronger results, including regenerating collagen.

Two great products I recommend that contain glycolic acid are from BeautyRx, which evolved from the board-certified dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz, who for the last 30 years has maintained a thriving medical practice, Park Avenue Skin Care, on the Upper East Side of New York City. The Progressive Peel is a six week system that’s gentle yet delivers results super fast. I noticed my pores looking smaller by week two, a few breakouts I had cleared up, and my skin glowed my week four. And absolutely no irritation I get from retinoids. I recommend this peel if you’re new to the game of peels or looking for a refresher.

BeautyRx The Progressive Peel
(BeautyRx The Progressive Peel, $69.95)



BeautyRx Gentle Exfoliating Eye Cream
(BeautyRx Gentle Exfoliating Eye Cream, $60)

I also have been using BeautyRx Gentle Exfoliating Eye Cream. An exfoliating eye cream, what? Too good to be true? Actually it isn’t. I wanted to wait a full three weeks of using it before reviewing and I’m telling you- go buy it now! The price is a little high but it’s worth it. It should be in stock at Sephora or Ulta because it’s that good if not better than most eye creams I’ve tried. It hasn’t irritated my skin, it’s made is smoother and brighter. My under eye circles don’t appear as prominent, and have faded slightly and that’s good enough for me.


BeautyRx Gentle Exfoliating Eye Cream 2
(BeautyRx Gentle Exfoliating Eye Cream, $60)